MS Balmoral Cruise Ship and Snow, Admiralty Pier, Dover Harbour, Kent, UK

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John Latter on December 23, 2009

The Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines ship, "Balmoral", berthed at Dover's Admiralty Pier on Saturday, 19th of December, 2009, prior to leaving on a 2 night mini-cruise, BL0923, to Amsterdam, Holland (Netherlands) (presumably for Christmas shopping!).

This zoomed winter photo was taken from the access road leading to the Commando Tunnel entrance of the Drop Redoubt* moats.

A description of the Balmoral from a Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines webpage:

Carrying 1350 passengers the Balmoral is certainly the grandest ship of our fleet, yet still compact enough to offer our trademark intimate, homely atmosphere. The Balmoral offers 710 elegant comfortable cabins, world-class cuisine and diverse onboard activities (also see Balmoral Reviews).

Ship Information:

Cabins 710

Passenger 1350 Standard Occupancy

Crew 510

Refitted 2008

Fully Stablised Yes

Tonnage 43,537 grt

Length 218.18 m

Beam (width) 28.2 m

Speed 20.0 knots

Abridged extract from Wikipedia's History of the Balmoral:

The vessel was built by Meyer Werft of Papenburg, Germany in 1988, for service with Royal Cruise Line as the Crown Odyssey. In 1989, Royal Cruise Line was sold to Norwegian Cruise Line, which continued operation of the company, along with the Crown Odyssey until 1996. A reorganization of all of the fleets owned by Norwegian Cruise Line saw Crown Odyssey enter service with NCL's main fleet, and it was renamed Norwegian Crown.

Following the purchase of Orient Lines by NCL in April, 2000, Norwegian Crown was transferred, regaining her original name, Crown Odyssey, in the process.

In September, 2003, Crown Odyssey was refurbished and returned to the NCL fleet, again with the name Norwegian Crown.

On May 25, 2006 – NCL Corporation announced that its parent company, Star Cruises, had agreed to sell Norwegian Crown to Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines effective August 2006. Star Cruises concurrently chartered the vessel back from Fred. Olsen and NCL continued her deployment through to November 2007. “Although a beautiful and well-maintained vessel, Norwegian Crown’s smaller size is less suitable for Star Cruises’ ambitions in Asia,” said Colin Veitch, president and CEO of NCL Corporation. “Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines specializes in operating smaller and mid-sized upscale vessels and this ship should fit perfectly in their fleet.” Her last NCL cruise was on October 28, 2007.

During a January 21, 2009 cruise the ship sailed into rough weather in the Bay of Biscay smashing through 50 ft waves & 60 mph winds. Two of the passengers were sent to a hospital in La Coruna, Spain for serious injuries.

Note the snow on the right (something of a novelty, nowadays!) and the container ship on the English Channel horizon. The entrance piers to Dover's Tidal Harbour are either side of bottom centre.

*The Drop Redoubt is owned by English Heritage and is part of an extensive Napoleonic and Victorian defence system embedded into the Western Heights above the town of Dover, England.

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John Latter on August 8, 2010

The Balmoral is also shown in the Panorama of the English Channel from the snow-covered Western Heights photo, taken the same day as the one above.

Other photos of the Balmoral include:

MS Balmoral Cruise Ship at Sunrise in the Western Entrance (Monday, 26th of July 2010)

MS Balmoral Cruise Ship nearing the Prince of Wales Pier (Sunday, 13th of June 2010)

MS Balmoral crossing Dover Harbour at Sunrise (Sunday, 13th of June 2010)

Balmoral Cruise Ship and Syros Tanker, Admiralty Pier (Wednesday, April 21st, 2010)

Celebrity Constellation and Balmoral Cruise Ships (Wednesday, April 21st, 2010)

Click to see all Ferry photos (related tags: Boats, Cruise Ships, Ships, Tugs).

Click to see other Panoramic views of Dover.

John Latter on February 4, 2013

When in range of AIS, the vessel's current position is shown at:

MS Balmoral Cruise Ship

The Automatic Identification System (AIS) is an automatic tracking system used on ships and by vessel traffic services (VTS) for identifying and locating vessels by electronically exchanging data with other nearby ships and AIS Base stations. AIS information supplements marine radar, which continues to be the primary method of collision avoidance for water transport.

John Latter on February 4, 2013

MS Balmoral data: Call Sign C6II4, IMO 8506294, MMSI 308785000.

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  • Uploaded on December 23, 2009
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    by John Latter
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